Lars Nelissen van Gasselt
From an early age, I have been fascinated by the beauty of nature and the deeper meaning of life. As a child, I expressed this in drawing and painting. It was this painting that sparked my interest in music and became a real fascination and passion: “painting with sound”, as I like to call it. I received my first piano lessons in Kessel from John Timmermans. I continued my piano lessons with Peter Simons in Venlo. After finishing high school, I took an entrance exam at the conservatory and was admitted to Avi Schönfeld‘s piano class at the conservatory in Maastricht. In the same year, I also started studying choir conducting and church music. I also followed Masterclasses with Tellef Juva, Jean-Marie Cottet, Dominique Merlet en Evgeny Moguilevsky.
In 2005 I passed my final exam for classical piano as a performing musician after seven years of study with Avi Schönfeld. In 2006 I left for China and gave piano lessons here until 2009.
Once back in the Netherlands, I continued teaching piano and have since been associated as a conductor and organist for several choirs, both churchly and profane choirs. As a pianist, I give recitals and have performed on stages in Europe, China and Japan. In 2013 I participated in the ‘Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan, where I received a special jury prize. As a composer, I write music for piano, which is available at Music Street One Publications. I’m the author of the series on piano technique My Super Fingers. This is a unique piano method for beginners until highly advanced pianists. Here I treat the essentials of piano playing in-depth as applied by all great pianists with exercises to unlimit the technique of every piano player.
Besides music, I love poetry, philosophy, psychology, science and different arts. I genuinely believe in the synthesis of art, philosophy and science; art is like a psychological process in which all knowledge crystallizes into beauty and truth. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” Keats.
Avi Schönfeld was a student of Artur Rubinstein, Vlado Perlemuter, Yvonne Lefèbure, Marcel Ciampi for piano and studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Alexander Tansman. Schönfeld has had a major influence on my musical and artistic development.